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Nodinite Log4Net Appender

Plug and Play! Use the Nodinite Log4Net appender to centralize error handling based on logging from all your distributed .NET solutions using the Log4Net framework

If your are using .NET, please review if the Nodinite SeriLog sinks are a better fit.

So you are Logging using Log4Net, and since you are reading this article you may have reached a breaking point where you now need to centralize for example Errors emitted by your existing .NET applications/solutions. With the Nodinite Log4Net Appender you can get aware of problems and by using a combination of Log- and Monitor Views you can even get alerts for Non Events.

Without changing a single line of existing code you can easily get started now.

graph LR subgraph "Custom .NET based solutions" roNET1[fal:fa-code .NET Application] --> |Log4NET|roLA(fal:fa-comment-times Nodinite Log4Net Appender) roNET2(fal:fa-globe Web Service) --> |Log4NET|roLA roNET3(fal:fa-window-alt ...) -.-> |Log4NET|roLA end subgraph "Nodinite" roLogAPI(fal:fa-cloud-download Log API) roLA --> |Logging| roLogAPI roLogAPI --> roDB(fal:fa-database Log Databases) end

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Quickly provide self-service access for your business and other stakeholders Responsible users can swiftly manage and resolve problems, thereby saving downtime Just 1 Nodinite license is required regardless of the number of .NET applications


"log4net is a tool to help the programmer output log statements to a variety of output targets. In case of problems with an application, it is helpful to enable logging so that the problem can be located. With log4net it is possible to enable logging at runtime without modifying the application binary. The log4net package is designed so that log statements can remain in shipped code without incurring a high performance cost. It follows that the speed of logging (or rather not logging) is crucial.

At the same time, log output can be so voluminous that it quickly becomes overwhelming. One of the distinctive features of log4net is the notion of hierarchical loggers. Using these loggers it is possible to selectively control which log statements are output at arbitrary granularity.

log4net is designed with two distinct goals in mind: speed and flexibility"

Source: Nuget

What can I do with the Nodinite Log4Net Appender?

Monitor all your .NET applications regardless of the number and location

You will only need 1 license for enabling monitoring of logged events from your Log4Net logging .NET applications.

Log business transactions from your .NET applications regardless of the number and location

Nodinite grabs all events with or without payload depending on Log4Net configuration from all your .NET applications. Provide correlation Ids to get the whole picture. Combine this with other tracked properties in your system integration solutions and you have true end-to-end logging across all platforms and solutions.

Learn from mistakes

Use the Nodinite Web API to create Power BI Reports with valuable statistics. Learn and visualize or get the KPIs of interest.

Make your organization aware of the problem

When Nodinite detects a problem with your .NET applications based on logged events, an alert can get distributed using any of the built-in Alarm plugins to get you or the responsible organization aware and involved.

Stay secure

Nodinite has Role-based security and enables you to restrict access down to individual logged events using one or more Log Views. We at Nodinite think it is wise to limit the number of power users (administrators) from having direct access to servers and services. All operations in Nodinite are being audited.

Grow together

Over time as your number of distributed .NET applications grow, Nodinite centralizes logging and you can maintain control providing great governance and in the end higher quality of service. There is no need to code or change anything within your .NET applications.

Frequently asked questions

Additional solutions to common problems and the FAQ for the Nodinite Log4Net Appender exist in the Troubleshooting user guide.

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